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PD for Girlfriend Charged in Lawyer’s Slaying Says His Home Had Bullet Holes from Earlier Shootings

Posted Feb 22, 2012 4:22 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A gun collection and a history of domestic disputes between a South Carolina lawyer and a former client with whom he was in a relationship may ultimately prove to have been a fatal combination in October, when attorney Michael Howe was found dead in the bathroom of his York home.

Christina Adams, 27, who is facing charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, made her first appearance in court yesterday, the Herald reports.

Casey Cornwell, the public defender representing Adams, is seeking to have a grand jury consider a manslaughter charge because of the tension between his client and Howe, who was 44 at the time of his death. The Herald reported that police records showed that officers had been called to the house in the past on reports of domestic disputes between the couple.

Also, a search of the home revealed several guns, the Herald reported, and Cornwell said the home had bullet holes from prior shootings.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "A Lawyer Is Shot and Killed; His Girlfriend, a Onetime Client, Is Charged with Murder"

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